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Top 5 performances from 2013 BET Awards: Charlie Wilson tribute, more

Posted by Emily Wright  July 1, 2013 11:41 AM

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Sunday night's BET Awards was hands down the most memorable show put on by the network in recent years.

Erykah Badu made not one, but two surprise guest appearances, first with Kendrick Lamar (see No. 4) and second with Janelle Monae. Although the latter was great and worthy of closinig out the show, Badu was unforgettable as an accompaniment on "Bi*** Don't Kill My Vibe." Props to Erykah and whoever is helping her stage what we hope is a comeback.

Before we get into the list of our top 5 performances from the night, there is one artist that we wanted to name an honorable mention: Miguel.

The "Adorn" singer performed three times (twice as a featured artist) and managed not to jump on anyone's head. If you don't get the reference, watch this video from the Billboard Awards to get clued in.

Ciara would have made the list had Nicki Minaj not refused to censor her verse during a performance of the pair's new song "I'm Out." Being forced to listen to the track with a million cuts for swears just plain ruined it. CiCi killed it on her own, though. She followed up "I'm Out" with "Body Party" and blew the crowd away with her seductive dance moves. Too bad she didn't bring up boyfriend Future for some fun like she does in the song's music video--that may have won us over.

Now here are the top 5 performances from the night:

5. Dancehall mix featuring Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Dawn Penn

4. Kendrick Lamar, "M.A.A.D. City," "Bi*** Don't Kill My Vibe" featuring Erykah Badu

3. R. Kelly throws it back with classics

2. Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams

1. Charlie Wilson medley part 2

What was your favorite performance? Let us know in the comments.

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